Every year on our journey south from SE Alaska, one of the difficult adjustments we have to make is to the increased number of boaters in anchorages the further south we go.
In SE Alaska, we become accustom to being the only boat in an anchorage. Occasionally, we will share an anchorage with 1 or 2 other boats. In the most popular anchorages, a half-dozen is a crowd. The same goes for many of the northern BC anchorages if you aren’t on the main route of Grenville Channel/Princess Royal Channel (aka “the Ditch”).
The photo below is taken on a paddle from our anchorage in Tuwartz Inlet at the south end of Pitt Island which we had to ourselves.
The closer you get to the major population centers of Vancouver/Victoria, the anchorages get more and more crowded. The photo below was taken in Montague Harbour on Galliano Island on Labor Day weekend.
While we prefer the more secluded anchorage, the crowded anchorage can be lovely and pleasant. The key is setting your expectations appropriately (e.g., don’t expect solitude on Labor Day weekend in the Gulf Islands).
Ultimately, it is the memory of that first photo that gives us the motivation to travel those many miles each season back to SE Alaska.